Saturday, January 26, 2008

Belling: How to Manage the News

One of Belling's favorite themes concerns 'news management,' and one of the well-known techniques of 'news management' is to artfully trim stories (or not report them at all.)

So what do I hear from Belling last week, but a quote from Peggy Noonan's article on the disintegration of the Republican Party.

It was familiar, largely because I had quoted it here.

The Belling pull:

Rush Limbaugh declared on the radio this week, "I'm here to tell you, if either of these two guys [Mr. McCain or Mike Huckabee] get the nomination, it's going to destroy the Republican Party.

What Belling chose NOT to read:

This is absurd. George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues.

And for my money, he ignored the best part of Noonan's thought.

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